The Middle East uprisings have triggered an enthusiastic rhetoric regarding a strong correlation between ‘Democratisation’ and the ‘Social Media’. Morozov seems to disagree.
Authoritarian states around the world will now develop new strategies to tame the web
This is the main subject of his recently published book The Net Delusion: How not to Liberate the World.
I agree. Fighting for democracy is not triggered, it is just facilitated by the new media. The twitter becomes more the tool rather than the reason. But I also come to understand Clay Shirky’s position as expressed in the Foreign Affairs last month: the social media synchronise the behaviour of groups and therefore alter the dynamics of the public sphere.
I am sure that more case studies -after Iran, Tynisia, Egypt – will be available for further exploration pretty soon…